News Round-up

By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie)I just thought I’d do a quick whirl through some stories of note in the papers this week:Firstly, and probably most obviously, the Rapture failed to materialise. The herald of doom for this event, Harold Camping announced his shock and surprise that a literal, physical Rapture did not arrive in exactly the way he prophesised. Instead, the Rapture was of a spiritual nature, and we are still on track for a 21st October Armageddon. To his credit, he did guardedly o … [Read more...]

Sex and Sensibilities

By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie)Being a documentary fanboy, I've lately stumbled across a couple of interesting histories on the topic of sex, which have set me thinking about what shape our attitudes to it, so forgive me coming over all Carrie Bradshaw.Many early European cultures had a decidedly celebratory attitude to sex. Ancient Egyptians practised public fertility rituals which included open masturbation. The homes of ancient Romans were liberally adorned with explicit images of sexual … [Read more...]

Meat is Dinner?

By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie)Just over two years ago, DaylightAtheism featured an essay discussing vegetarianism - though coming at it largely as an environmental issue. Seeing as so many faces on here seem new, I thought I'd tackle it again and hit the moral question head-on: can we justify eating meat?Many religions include restrictions on consuming meat, from total abstention to restrictions on eating certain animals, considered either sacred or unclean. Even the Christian Bible co … [Read more...]

Surprise Me With A Fact

By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie)I thought I'd do a something a little different in this post.Sometimes, when I read a science book explaining something new, I get a feeling when a piece of fascinating trivia just 'clicks' into place. I'm not sure I can better describe it, though I'm sure I'm not doing a good job of it. Like a minor epiphany where something previously unknown or unclear suddenly comes into sharp focus.So I thought I'd throw the ball out there and ask everyone to share their … [Read more...]

A Life More Magical

By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie)The most magical Christmas I can remember happened when I was, maybe, 12 or 13.It had certainly been many years since I had believed in Santa, and in all honesty I don't actually remember ever sincerely believing in him at all. Maybe it was something to do with not having an open fireplace, or my parents being terrible liars, or perhaps my older brother had something to do with it. Or perhaps, as I am inclined to suspect, a child's belief in Santa is less … [Read more...]

Spread the Good News

By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie)Two rather interesting and welcome stories have hit the headlines in as many days that I thought I'd bring up here.The first bit of news is that from next week, for the first time, an abortion advisory service is to screen an advert on TV in Britain. Centred around the slogan 'Are you late?' the commercial will advertise the services of the organisation Marie Stopes, which offers advice on sexual health matters, including abortion services.Abortion has been … [Read more...]

God Kills A Baby

By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie)I'm sure that this title is neither new information nor in the slightest bit shocking to those familiar with the atrocities found within the so-called Good Book (of which, Ebonmuse, this site's author, has amply documented). After all, this is the God who cheerfully devastates armies, obliterates nations and once even drowned every living thing on Earth bar a boatful of humans and animals.And yet for all that - and maybe this is just me - I've always found big … [Read more...]

Could Creationism Be Rational After All?

By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie)I thought I'd kick off the guest posts with a little philosophical thought experiment (hark, is that the sound of you all clapping your hands in glee?). When I wrote the following, I mean it fairly light-heartedly, but with an eye to the fact that we should perhaps remember we have less reason to be sure of ourselves than we may think.Despite the insistence of many who champion it, Creationism does not qualify as a scientific theory under any reasonable … [Read more...]


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